- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Newsweek apologized to Martin Luther King Jr.’s family Monday afternoon after tweeting an “insensitive” photo of the slain civil rights leader lying in an open casket.

Marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Newsweek tweeted a photo of King in his casket and the caption, “Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin?” The quote is from “Abraham, Martin and John,” a 1968 song written by Dick Holler commemorating assassinated leaders King, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.

The photo choice puzzled many Twitter users and angered others. King’s daughter, Bernice King, responded, “Why, @Newsweek? Wow.”

Newsweek later deleted the post and apologized directly to Ms. King.

“@BerniceKing Earlier this afternoon we published an opinion piece with an insensitive image of Martin Luther King Jr. We sincerely apologize to the King family for this egregious error.”

Ms. King later tweeted a video of herself thanking Newsweek for the apology.

“I want to thank Newsweek for immediately responding and removing the image and for giving an apology,” she said. “Apology accepted.”

“But I also want to challenge … all of the news media that we just keep in mind that there’s a family — a family that had a great loss 50 years ago,” she said, adding that the photos of King in his casket are “very challenging” for the family.

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